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City Efficiency Leadership Council - May 2020

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CELC Webinar: Equity in Climate Planning

Thursday, July 23, 9-10 AM CST

Climate change impacts including displacement, poor air quality, and heat island effect, disproportionately impacts low-income families and communities of color. Low-income households spend on average 10% on energy costs compared to 2% for non-low-income (TEPRI). Equity and climate are inextricably linked.

Cities across Texas are developing and implementing climate action plans to tackle the mounting climate crisis. Join us to learn how equity shaped and guided climate plans and implementation strategies in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Phoebe Romero, City of Austin, Office of Sustainability
Pharr Andrews, City of Dallas, Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability
Lara Cottingham, City of Houston, Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department 
City of San Antonio, Office of Sustainability 


Energy and Water Conservation Design Standards for State Agencies


The Comptroller of Public Accounts’ State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) proposes to amend Title 34 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 19, Subchapter C, Rule §19.32 to update the Energy and Water Conservation Design Standards to adopt by reference minimum energy efficiency and water conservation design standards for state agencies and institutions of higher education. The proposed amendments to Rule §19.32 are published in the May 29, 2020, edition of the Texas Register (Page 55).

Comments may be submitted to Eddy Trevino, director, State Energy Conservation Office, at or at P.O. Box 13528, Austin, Texas 78711. Comments must be received no later than June 28, 2020. 

New SPEER 5 in 5

Last month SPEER launched a new monthly segment SPEER 5 in 5 where we ask one expert five questions in five minutes. 5 in 5 is intended to celebrate the excellent energy efficiency, sustainability, resilience, and policy work being done by SPEER's members and partners throughout Texas and Oklahoma. 

This month SPEER's Executive Director Todd McAlister catches up with Eddy Trevino, Director of the State Energy Conservation Office. 

Also check out our first 5 in 5, my interview with Sue Alvarez, Assistant Director of the City of Dallas's Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability

City Efficiency Toolkit

Did you know, in addition to the "Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas" the City Efficiency Toolkit is a great resource to learn about resources and strategies to help your local government save energy and engage with your community? 

Check it out. 

What We Are Reading

Does The U.S. Economy Need More Stimulating? Should Clean Energy Technologies Get The Money?
Ken Silverstein, Forbes, June 18, 2020
Energy is the foundation of every economy, and clean energy technologies should be the focus according to joint hearing in Congress this month. 

8 ways efficiency programs can retool during the crisis and plan for a strong recovery
Dan York, ACEEE, June 19, 2020
Energy efficiency programs that were largely halted by the COVID-19 crisis have adapted significantly, but now must restructure and retool in preparation for resuming full operations.

Many U.S. Cities Turn To Renewables For Electricity Supply 
Charles Kennedy,, Jun 24, 2020
U.S. cities and counties have signed procurement deals for nearly 8.3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy since 2015, the new Local Government Renewables Action Tracker resource 
showed on Wednesday.

What is the City Efficiency Leadership Council?

A cooperative of city leaders and officials throughout Texas and Oklahoma furthering the adoption of energy management best practices in the public sector. Our peer-to-peer network is open to employees of any public entity, including city and county governments, public school districts, and other publicly-funded entities. For more information, check out our flyer

Questions or interested in getting involved with the City Efficiency Leadership Council? Get in touch! 

Cassidy Ellis 
Local Governments Program Manager, SPEER
512-279-0765 or

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